Sector plans will drive shared services for rest of Labour government


Sector plans will drive shared services for rest of Labour government

Will Hadfield

The Cabinet Office has published targets for its Transformational Government implementation, to be delivered by July 2007.

Priorities include greater data sharing between government departments, the creation of a geographical information system strategy and the incorporation of service transformation into departmental spending reviews.

The Cabinet Office’s Transformational Government Implementation Plan also identified nine different sectors that will publish plans for adopting shared services this November.

These are education, health, criminal justice, local government, Department for Work and Pensions, Defence, HM Revenue and Customs, multi-agency departments and other central government organisations.

The plan said, “The sector plans will be the vehicle for delivery of shared services over the next three to seven years.

“The clear intention is that the number of operational centres for shared services should be measured in tens rather than hundreds and that the performance levels achieved should be in the upper quartile when compared with both public and private sector organisations.”

Launching the document, Jim Murphy, Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for e-government said:

“We gave an undertaking when we launched the strategy last autumn to publish this implementation plan by April. In doing so we have reached another important milestone that shows how our ambitious public service transformation programme is not only on track, but making good progress.

“There is clearly much to do, as the plan shows, but we are laying the foundations for radical change which will ultimately benefit our customers.”

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